Arian Christianity is the belief that Yeshua, aka Jesus, was just a normal human man sent by God to be the Messiah. They did not believe in the
Trinity, and did not consider Yeshua divine. They felt he was used by God to perform miracles and fulfill / create prophecy, that his special
abilities were something that God could turn on and off, essentially.
Arian Christians were deemed Heretics by the Catholic Church and rooted out to be tortured and killed. Alot of Germanic Tribes which had recently
converted from Paganiam adopted Arian Christianity. One particular tribe, the Vandals I believe, migrated to North Africa and eventually converted to
Islam, as Islam considers all of these things about Yeshua to be the case, with the exception of him being the only Messiah.
The truth is, and this is coming from a former Arian Christian and Deist, that Yeshua was indeed God in the flesh. Not all of God, but that Yeshua's
soul was made of pure God essence by God, and born to a virgin. Remember the stories of Giants and men of renown who were half angel half human,
Imagine what a "half God, half human" individual could do. There were too many miracles witnessed by too many people for them all to be trics ad
hoaxes. I've thought of a few that might have been hoaxes, but more likely it was written exagerrated or written without full understanding (like
raising the dead - the person was probably in a coma like state). There's other miracles witnessed by all the apostles who contributed to the Bible,
and those had to be real.
How can God truly understand what it is to be man and what it is to sin? You can create something without knowing what its like to be the creation, a
child and its' parents are a good example. So God came in the flesh to experience the flesh, because something had to be done. He experienced hunger,
thirst, pain, hard labor, persecution, being tortured and crucifixion. Had he not, the religions of the world would've all been purely Pagan and
Animistic with the exception of Judaism to this very day. In fact, Jewish people would've been wiped out entirely had their not been Christians who
cared enough to go to war to save them. Israel the country would've never been created, which is a key requirement for the end time prophecies to
come to pass. So through this, God has a first hand knowledge of precisely what its like to be human, and in doing so, can forgive us of our
transgressions or sins because we have had it in our DNA since Adam first sinned, God didnt make Adam that way, Adam messed it up for everyone. God
had to get a firsthand experience of being human in the world now that it is full of sin, now that humans are born into sin. According to God's first
laws for the 12 tribes of Israel, disobeying the law, aka sinning, was often punishable by death, thus it says the wages of sin are death. Until
Yeshua came and was crucified, anyone who had sinned a single time in their entire life was doomed to eternal hell. It was essential for those laws to
be done away with, at least the death penalty for them.
There's 614 laws outlined in Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and they range from what to wear, what to eat, when to have sex, when not to, how to treat
prisoners and servants, when to take a bowel movement, how to do your hair, when to bathe and how often, how much time you should remain abstinent
after a woman has her period, how long to wait before having sex if you recently participated in battle, not to have sex during war, all the recipes
for all the annointing oils and ritual food and incense, how to perform all the rituals on all the holidays, etc. If you failed one, you were doomed
to Sheol, or hell, unless it was incredibly minor (like getting caught cleaning on Sabbath day). Yeshua was sent to do away with the curse of the law.
Since Judaism was the sole representative of Monotheism at that point, its' future had to be saved so that Christianity and Islam would come to be
and the Gospel is proclaimed to every people in every tongue, which is a requirement for the Messiah to return. One controversal thing he said on the
cross was. "my God, why have you forsaken me?". This sentence means alot. For one, he has a unique human identity like we do and was stuck with the
tools of a human, which includes thought, and in this case, crazy thoughts as his human death approached. Every time before this God was there for
him, to heal people, feed people, perform miracles, and to provide him protection from his enemies or those who wished to kill him. But in this final
moment, God would not save him by giving him another miracle because what was taking place was required for the fate and the future of mankind, even
beyond their physical lives. So it was the first time he felt abandoned, the first time he had to experience human pain, death, and a short time in
Sheol or Hell before he resurrected. Did he truly know he'd resurrect, before he went to the cross? Or did he just awaken on the third day, as if
he'd been asleep? It doesnt tell us..
As far as his bodily death onthe Cross, it happened and here's why. He was beat up and flogged 40 times before being crucified. The Roman law was
that a man could only receive 39 lashings, because any more than that can kill a man by itself. These were whips that some call cats of nine tails,
where the whip had 9 ends with sharp hooks attached to each end. It wouldnt surprise me if Yeshua no longer had any skin left on his back afterward,
think of the ripping and tearing of the flesh, muscles, and veins. Not only that, but he was bleeding from the palms/wrists, and the feet. If any of
his ribs had punctured a lung even slightly during the beating, it would cause accelerated death on the cross. See, they broke people's legs because
people use their leg muscles to keep themselves from completely hanging from the cross and there-by keeping their upper body from fully extending,
causing rather quick suffocation. It's not like the condemned thought "oh darn, they broke my knees and it hurts, i think ill die faster now because
of it, i was going to hang around for a while but...." heh.
The water and blood mixture which came from Yeshua's punctured chest is precisely what to expect from a collapsed lung or a suffocation victim who's
lungs have filled with water and/or blood. You can choke on your own blood just as easy as water, and if the blood is coming from the inside, you can
die rather quickly.
The humanity-divinity relationship of Christ is and has probably been the biggest issue of debate among Christians of all denominations, including
sects and cults. He had to be seperate from the creator God because he speaks to him and of him throughout his entire ministry. even moments before
death. The "Holy Spirit" or Holy Ghost was the power of God that Yeshua essentially channeled or tapped into to perform all the miracles and
healings. The Holy Spirit is God's work in action in our dimension of reality. It's as if God has some difficulty with directly affecting or
modifying this reality, and has intermediaries to do it instead such as the Holy Spirit first and foremost, but also the Great Monotheistic Prophets
of the Judeo-Christian background.
Muslims believe that Yeshua was either taken off the cross before death and nursed back to health, had someone take his place on the cross that looked
like him, or was taken up into heaven by God similar to Enoch before they could kill him. They consider him a great Prophet but not the Son of God. so
they reject the virgin birth as a lie as well as the crucifixion. Ironicly, their end-time scenario involves the Mahdi and Yeshua coming to Earth at
the same time and doing a tag-team number on the forces of evil mankind soto speak. But when that happens Yeshua would publicly denounce the cross and
exclaim that Islam is the true religion to the people.
If Yeshua wasn't taken up to heaven in the flesh, died a normal death and stayed dead, someone would've spilled the beans by now as to where his
real remains were buried. You had the owner of the tomb as well as 'all the women' who first noticed the tomb was open and the body was gone. The
location of this tomb is not rural enough in my opinion for some of his followers to take and hide his body, especially since he had just been
crucified and was probably the talk of Jerusalem that passover holiday. Someone wouldve seen something, and if they didnt, one of the grave robbers
would've told their secret to certain loved ones or someone in their family, and stuff just eventually gets found out. Especially after 2,000
Show me the bones, if they're proven to be real, which would be impossible considering they'd never have a DNA sample of Yeshua to begin with. If
remains were truly found, id renounce my religion on the spot.
And you cant really say that Israelis wouldn't be looking or wouldny disclose the info, they've been trying to say Yeshua was not important in any
way, that he wasnt even a prophet, just a false messiah. They'd be eager to prove the resurrection didnt occur, as would Muslims. But no one over
there has ever found them. A part of the true cross was found, the supposed nails used were found, and the crown of thorns I believe was found, all
during the Eastern Roman Empire's Constantine inspired Christian era. But not remains.. while the bones of most other New Testament authora are
encased as relics in Churchs worldwide.